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California battle over video game violence rages on

February 21, 2009

MEDIA TAKETWOThe video game industry may have won another battle over whether violent games should be labeled as such and kept away from minors, but the author of a California video game labeling law that was struck down on Friday by a federal appeals court says the war is far from over.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the controversial law violated free speech protections that prevent the government from forcing its opinions on citizens — in this case by requiring video game makers to label games the state describes as violent. The court said lawmakers also failed to show a link between virtual violence and real acts among children who play the ultra-violent games.

The judges sided with the video game industry in finding that  the industry’s voluntary ratings system and stepped up parental controls were the best way to keep inappropriate games from kids.

ly-headshotBut the law’s author, state Sen. Leland Yee, said letting the industry police itself is “like letting kids sign their own report cards.”

“You don’t have the individuals who are going to reap the rewards of these ultra-violent video games controlling the ratings,” Yee told Reuters in an interview on Friday. Yee pointed to a Federal Trade Commission study that he said shows that the voluntary ratings system “simply does not work” to prevent kids from getting “Mature” rated games.

Yee said he will press California Attorney General Jerry Brown to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he hopes to show “the growing body of knowledge” that shows  ”a short skip and a hop” between game violence and the real thing.


it has been said a country is only as good as it,s judges,and the 9th US circuit court of appeals,are a classic example of what a person could expect in the madness of california.the percentage of their decisions that are overturned is a true reflection of how creditable these cretins are, with the few normal remaining citizens

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